By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –
North East Development Commission (NEDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mainstream Energy Academy to train 60 youths from the north eastern states of the federation for 8 weeks electrical technicians training programme.
The participants, who are youths were drawn from the six states of the north east as part of the Commission’s mandate on developmental and transformational interventions.
The Managing Director /CEO, NEDC, Ambassador Mohammed Goni Alkali at the ceremony said the MoU was entered after survey of the situations in the north east by the commission as a result of the effects of the insurgency with a view to intervene where necessary.
Speaking on Saturday during the signing of the MoU held at the NEDC Headquarters Conference Room Maiduguri, Ambassador Alkali added, “during the research, large size of the population were discovered be be youths, both male and female either unemployed or finished school without job neither self employed which triggered the commission to embark on this training programme.
“So, the Commission in collaboration with the Mainstream Academy is sponsoring a 8 weeks skill training for 60 Electrical Technicians from the six (6) States of the north east. The program is aimed at exposing the high-Power Electrical Installation / Maintenance at the Academy.
“The North-East Development Commission in pursuance of one of its core mandate of identifying factors inhibiting the development of zone and a member states and other stakeholders in the formulation of policies to ensure sound and efficient management of resources of the zone among others,.
“So, it collaborate with the Mainstream Academy a subsidiary of Mainstream Energy Solution and organized skill training for 50 youth of zone extraction (Electrical Technicians) on high powered installations at the Academy in Kainj, Niger States.
“At the end of the training, participant who are successful in acquiring the skills and knowledge to become professional linesmen will be retained as employees of Yola Electric Distribution Company (YEDC).
In his remark, the Executive Director of Mainstream Energy Academy, Usman Muhammad Umar said the Academy has potentials for Rapid development and progress of the country in many aspects of nation’s economy.
Usamn also urged NEDC to collaborate with the Mainstream Energy Academy to realize the operations of the Mambila Power Plant of the federal government in Adamawa state.
He added that the. Organization has invested over N7 billion on community development projects in about 4 areas like education, health, environment and job creation among others while plans are underway for the Academy to establish a power energy university in Nigeria to also collaborate with the NEDC and other stakeholders to invest in the proposed multi billion Mambilla Power Plant in the north east.
“I urge you to take advantage of the commission’s kind gesture by avoiding social vises and concentrate on the training to better your life. I Pray for your successful journey to the Academy and the conduct of the training,” Usman Said.